Panasonic announces new touch-screen LUMIX cameras

New Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G2 and DMC-G10 will ship in June

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G2 digital camera

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G2 digital camera

Panasonic has announced a June launch for its new LUMIX DMC-G2 and LUMIX DMC-G10 digital cameras, which use the Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system. The digital cameras are a part of the company's LUMIX G Micro Systems range, which also includes cameras such as the LUMIX DMC-G1K , LUMIX DMC-GH1, and LUMIX DMC-GF1.

Alistair Robins, Group Marketing Manager of LUMIX, Panasonic Australia, said the two new models arrive amid great interest in the technology. “The two new LUMIX G Series models pick up where our groundbreaking G1 left off — delivering SLR image quality with compact ease of use in a very small package,” he said. “We are expecting an extremely positive reaction from photographers and dealers around Australia when these new models are released mid-year.”

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G2 digital camera features a touch screen that allows the user to change settings and play back images. The camera can record HD video using the AVCHD Lite codec. Robins said the DMC-G2 is ideal for consumers who have become familiar with using other touch-screen devices.

The DMC-G2 and DMC-G10 are based on the Micro Four Thirds system. Unlike true digital SLR cameras, it is a mirrorless system that keeps the camera's body as slim as possible. Both the DMC-G2 and DMC-G10 also include a new illuminated Intelligent Auto (iA) feature, which gives photographers the ability to quickly point and shoot. Both cameras are equipped with a 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor.

“Many of the features found on the DMC-G10 are similar to those that photographers would be used to seeing on their digital compact cameras — such as Intelligent Auto, face detection and HD Motion JPEG video,” Robins said.

Panasonic also announced the release of a new standard zoom lens for the LUMIX G Micro System, compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. It will also be available in June. “The new kit lens for the LUMIX DMC-G2 and DMC-G10 is lightweight and versatile and includes our benchmark MEGA O.I.S system for blur-free shooting when zooming and in low light,” said Robins.

The DMC-G2 will be available for sale as a body only and in single-lens and twin-lens kits, while the DMC-G10 will be available for sale in twin- and single-lens kits only. Pricing will be announced closer to the June release date.

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